One of the University of Kentucky football program's biggest misses in the 2014 recruiting cycle will be a Wildcat after all.
Highly touted offensive lineman Marcelys Jones committed to UK during a campus visit Friday night. He played two games last season as a true freshman at Ohio State and was considered a four-star recruit coming out of high school.
Jones will have to sit out this season as a transfer, but he will have three years of eligibility starting with the 2016 season.
The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder from Cleveland was one of UK's top priorities in the class of 2014, and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow was the point man in the Wildcats' pursuit. Jones actually signed financial-aid papers with Kentucky, but he ended up enrolling early at Ohio State instead.
OSU confirmed Thursday that Jones was leaving the program after one season, and he was on UK's campus 24 hours later.
Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 17 offensive guard in the class of 2014, and he was a participant in that year's Army All-American Bowl. Rivals analyst Josh Helmholdt spoke to the Herald-Leader about Jones from that event.
"He's got a very high ceiling," Helmholdt said at the time. "For how big he is, he's very nimble and very light on his feet. And he's extremely strong. He's got a lot of talent and a lot of potential."